“What a long time the place was empty even in my sleep.” — W.S. Merwin
Dreams return me to the rose-entwined porch
of a forgotten seaside bungalow
sandwiched between steepled Victorians,
white clapboard womb with baby blue shutters.
Purple morning glories wind themselves
from crumbly soil to shingled roof.
Green runners clutch aluminum rain spout,
sticky leprechaun fingers.
Pink and lavender hydrangeas
form an eclectic pointillist mural,
mingle with fiery marigolds,
creamy foxgloves, cobalt lobelia.
A gray tabby cat purrs me
over a welcoming threshold.
Within the serene kitchen, I take root,
brew a fragrant pot of Moroccan mint tea.
Jennifer Lagier has published seventeen books and in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, edits the Monterey Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Recent publications: Harbinger Asylum, The Rockford Review, Syndic Literary Journal, From Everywhere A Little: A Migration Anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia, Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction and Recovery. Newest books: Camille Mobilizes (FutureCycle Press), Trumped Up Election (Xi Draconis Books), and Dystopia Playlist (CyberWit).